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In November 2018, Stelios Theocharous, the founder of Ceres | Pure Food Innovation (and someone who occasionally finds his keys on the first try), launched the Ceres Podcast. This groundbreaking platform has now become a gathering spot for like-minded co-hosts:
• Mark Petrou, Petrou Bros
• Kelly Barnes, Krispies
• David Nicolaou, Auckley Friery
• David Miller, Millers Fish & Chips
Together, they embark on insightful conversations with the movers and shakers of the Food & Hospitality industry, forming the illustrious Podsquad.
At the Ceres Podcast, we take our time. There's no rushing here - unless we're late for dinner. We're on a mission to uncover the deep-seated passions that motivate our guests, ranging from Chefs and Fish & Chip Shop Owners to Food Producers and Hoteliers, including everyone who makes the hospitality world spin.
Our discussions are as varied as the ingredients in a gourmet dish, catering to anyone with a stake or interest in the bustling world of hospitality. If you're eager to learn from the experiences and stories that shape this industry, the Ceres Podcast awaits you. Dive into our world, where learning is served with a side of laughter.


Dec 5, 2021

John Barnes has co-authored Altering Course the Covid Chronicles with Laura Cowan of Rockfish restaurants. It’s a collection of short stories about how companies, individuals and organisations found new ways to navigate their way through the pandemic—Hawksmoor Rockfish and Pizza Pilgrims all feature in the book.

John has had a long career in hospitality which started as MD of KFC GB in the early 1980s. He was Chairman of Harry Ramsden’s for 11 years and has been a Non-Executive Director of several well-known pub and bar chains. John and Laura are both Directors of Rockfish who have sponsored the book. All proceeds go to the charity Mind.

Ceres have bought ten copies of Altering Course. We will send out a copy for the first ten people to get in touch for free of charge. Just email us at

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